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New and neutral: stylish and understated new colors from Ergobaby and Orbit Baby!

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One of the things we love about Ergobaby carriers is that they’re dad-friendly. Yes, there’s the fact that these baby carriers are top-quality, comfortable, and designed to adjust for a perfect fit, inspiring rave reviews like this: “In my mind, the Ergo is simply the best made and most comfortable baby carrier on the market, and it isn’t even remotely close. If you ... Read More »

What is colic, and what can you do about it?


Some babies seldom cry, and enjoy a good nursing session, have a hearty burp, and drift off into blissful, milky sleep. Others… don’t. When Mary Widdicks had her second baby, who was one of the above “easy babies,” she was surprised at the difference – her firstborn would wail ceaselessly for hours every night, leaving her feeling like an incompetent ... Read More »

Cybex Priam review: the latest in stroller luxury


Where do you even begin with the Cybex Priam Stroller? Just look at it! The stroller is so truly and completely elegant in its design that it blows me away, transporting me to a magical land of luxury. And when I say luxury, yes, that does also refer to the price tag – but the Priam does a lot of ... Read More »

The best presents for a kid turning 5: birthday gift guide

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How do you choose the best present for a five-year-old? Asking them is a good start: by this age, they have a pretty good idea of what they like. While kids at this age enjoy a range of activities, there’s probably a category of toy that’s a surefire hit. As Magic Beans co-owner Sheri Gurock wrote in Parents Magazine a few years ... Read More »

Moms are moms to everyone: animal adoptive mamas!

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  Ordinarily, when a cat sees a smaller animal, their relationship is decidedly unfriendly: predator versus prey, no questions asked. Under those circumstances, a baby squirrel is nothing more than a tasty morsel. But apparently motherhood has a way of changing everyone, which is how you wind up with fascinating mixed families like this. Other unlikely pairings between moms and adoptive ... Read More »

New baby classes at Magic Beans Brookline!


Just how great is Brookline, MA? Actually, it may objectively be the best: neighborhood analyst Niche crunched some serious data and named Brookline the best suburban community in the entire COUNTRY. Brookline is famous for safe streets, gorgeous houses, great schools, and easy access to all of the fun of the city, and you’ll have a hard time finding a ... Read More »

The best toys for birthday gifts: our blog editor’s picks!

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Is it just me, or have toys gotten so much cooler since we were kids? Sure, we have fond memories of our favorite licensed characters from Saturday morning TV shows, but the level of detail, quality, and clever design that goes into today’s toys is just mindblowing. Since I’ve been in the toy biz for over ten years now, I ... Read More »

Eli reviews the new Orbit O2 jogging stroller!


Orbit Baby strollers are a major favorite among our gang of Stroller Geeks, due to their versatility and clever, practical design. So we’ve been bursting with excitement for the last year waiting to get our paws on the Orbit O2 Jogging Stroller, which takes all of that terrific attention to detail and applies it to the world of running. The Orbit ... Read More »